Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide
All You Need to Manage and Administer Windows Server 2008
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2008
Pages: 496

This practical guide has exactly what you need to work with Windows Server 2008. Inside, you'll find step-by-step procedures for using all of the major components, along with discussions on complex concepts such as Active Directory replication, DFS namespaces and replication, network access protection, the Server Core edition, Windows PowerShell, server clustering, and more. All of this with a more compact presentation and a tighter focus on tasks than you'll find in bulkier references.

Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide takes a refreshing approach. You won't find the history of Windows NT, or discussions on the way things used to work. Instead, you get only the information you need to use this server. If you're a beginning or intermediate system administrator, you learn how the system works, and how to administer machines running it. The expert administrators among you discover new concepts and components outside of your realm of expertise.

Simply put, this is the most thorough reference available for Windows Server 2008, with complete guides to:

  • Installing the server in a variety of different environments
  • File services and the Windows permission structure
  • How the domain name system (DNS) works
  • Active Directory, including its logical and physical structure, hierarchical components, scalability, and replication
  • Group Policy's structure and operation
  • Managing security policy with predefined templates and customized policy plans
  • Architectural improvements, new features, and daily administration of IIS 7
  • Terminal Services from both the administrator's user's point of view
  • Networking architecture including DNS, DHCP, VPN, RADIUS server, IAS, and IPSec
  • Windows clustering services --- applications, grouping machines, capacity and network planning, user account management
  • Windows PowerShell scripting and command-line technology
With Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide, you to come away with a firm understanding of what's happening under the hood, but without the sense that you're taking a graduate course in OS theory. If you intend to work with this server, this is the only book you need.

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4.0

Excellent intro book

By Giovanni T.

from Baton Rouge, LA

About Me Educator, Sys Admin

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide:

    Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide by Jonathan Hassell is "all you need to manage and Administer Windows Server 2008". That's what the book cover so boldly states. Let's look...
    Inside you will find 14 chapters (449 pages) that cover:

    - Introduction to Windows Server 2008
    - Installation and Deployment
    - File Services
    - Domain Name System
    - Group Policy and IntelliMirror
    - Windows Security and Patch Management
    - IIS 7
    - Server Core
    - Terminal Services
    - DHCP and Network Access Protection
    - An Introduction to Clustering Technologies
    - PowerShell
    - HyperV.

    This is a truly helpful book to any server and network administrator, including those with years of experience in the "Windows Server world" and those who are just starting out. Unlike some of the O'Reilly books, this one is filled with crisp and informative screenshots that will guide you through many of the installation and configuration tasks.

    It seems like the author did not skip anything, the coverage of the subjects is extensive and well thought-out. While some of the topics may require additional resources if you need in-depth knowledge on them, I've never seen a book that was written to cover all of the possible issues you may encounter as a server administrator working on Windows Server 2008.
    Microsoft has introduced a few new things in this server OS and this book does an excellent job covering many intricate details of Windows Server 2008; especially those that differentiate Windows Server 2008 from Windows Server 2003.

    Admittedly, some of the chapters - PowerShell or HyperV - just scratch the surface of these complex subjects. However, one would realize, the same publisher offers a plethora of books on the above-mentioned topics. Therefore, such light coverage of HyperV or PowerShell does not diminish the value of this book.

    Strong 4 stars.

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    4.0

    Nice Step by Step for Admins

    By Don from HP

    from Snellville, Ga.

    About Me Educator, Support Engineer, Sys Admin

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Sys Admins

      Comments about oreilly Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide:

      Jonathan Hassel has written a very good book on Windows 2008. It has a nice balance of overview material (for instance the Active Directory Chapter 5) on concepts and design ideas in conjunction with some really easy to use step by step examples of 'How To' perform many of the tasks that a Win2k8 Administrator would need to be familiar with.
      I especially liked the chapter about Server Core (new to 2008) - it was concise, but hit all of the cogent reasons for existence, an did a good job of capturing its setup and management tasks in relation to its GUI-less structure.
      This is well-placed as an introductory (from a concepts and design standpoint) and practical guide, rather than an 'Internals' type of manual. I hope he will apply his explainitory talents to the just released Windows 2008 R2 in a future revision of this book.

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      4.0

      Great book, though still to much reference to the old windows servers

      By kjarli

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about oreilly Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide:

      To start with, the book's cover says that it's only about windows server 2008 (as does the site)

      "Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide takes a refreshing approach. You won't find the history of Windows NT, or discussions on the way things used to work. Instead, you get only the information you need to use this server. If you're a beginning or intermediate system administrator, you learn how the system works, and how to administer machines running it. The expert administrators among you discover new concepts and components outside of your realm of expertise."

      This is absolutely not true. In fact, there are many references to the old windows servers the first few chapters, though that gets less when you proceed. Yet i still learned new things about windows server 2003 and pre while reading.

      Though the explanations are good, you actually lack the software itself. If you really want to unserstand 100% of what is ment, you should have a windows server 2008 copy with you, so you can try it yourself.

      Everything is explained in great detail, so it's good to understand by beginning administrators aswell. Yet again, for those the lack of examples make it a little harder.

      Overall i enjoyed reading the book and i would suggest this book to those who want to know more about windows server 2008 and how to use it properly.

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